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Published on : Saturday, October 15, 2016
Turkey expects to receive about five million Russian tourists next year, RIA Novosti reported while quoting President of Turkish Travel Agencies Union Basharan Ulusoy.
Ulusoy said, “We hope next year the number of Russian tourists won’t only be fully restored to its previous level but also will increase and in 2017 we will welcome more than 5 million tourists from Russia.” He suggested abolition of visas for Turkish tourists visiting Russia to boost the tourism sector of the latter.
The number of Russian tourists visiting Turkey was 3.65 million people in 2015, drop of 18.6 percent compared to 2014. However, with the restoration of improved relations and charter flights between the two countries, the numbers are expected to improve.
Earlier, Co-chair of Russian-Turkish intergovernmental commission Alexander Novak said that Russia is interested in attracting tourists from Turkey.
Notably, the charter air service between Russia and Turkey were suspended for nine months due to the crisis in relations between the two countries after Turkish fighter jet shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria in November 2015. The two sides began to restore ties after President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to Russian
President Vladimir Putin apologizing for downed aircraft. Later, Putin signed a decree repealing the ban on charter flights to Turkey on June 30 following which the first charter took off on September 2.